Sunday, 19 March 2017

Clive's Six Nations result!

From the 4th February to the 18th of March W.Bro Clive Jones of St Mary’s Lodge 8373,  a totally blind former soldier, took on a series of challenges set for him by his friends and family in Market Drayton. During the Six Nations rugby tournament Clive, a very proud Welshman, set out to raise much needed funds for Blind Veterans UK. This charity was set up for blinded former servicemen and women, and it has supported Clive since he was blinded whilst serving in December 2000. Since then Blind Veterans UK have supported Clive and given him back his independence. Clive now lives independently at home and in his local community, and it’s all thanks to his strength of character and the support from Blind Veterans UK, his family and his friends.

Clive's Six Nations challenge was based in The Kings Arms in Market Drayton, a great pub with a wonderful atmosphere. It has fun, laughter and charity in its heart and raises money through the locals for many different charities and good causes. To read about Clive's challenges click here

Clive has also been supported by many other pubs in town and their customers to make his challenge worth while for Blind Veterans UK. Clive wished to thank all staff and customers at the following pubs for their help: The Kings Arms, The Kings Head, The Lord Hill. The Joiners Arms, The Salopian Star and The Sambrook Vaults. The necessity of visiting all of them (in some cases many times) has been a burden that he has had to bear!

Clive also wished to thank his biggest supporter in Basil Brockhurst of Basil's Taxis. It was his idea that Clive took on this challenge. Thanks also go to Steve of IYF (In Your Face) of Market Drayton for his printing and publicity and Mr Ray Barber (Ernie) for purchasing the shirt. 

Says Clive: "I wished to leave the biggest thank you till last and that is for you. the Brethren of this wonderful Province and the town of Market Drayton for getting behind me to raise a fantastic amount of money for Blind Veterans UK."

"I was set a target of £1,500. With the kindness and generosity of  Market Drayton and the surrounding areas I have raised in excess of £2,000 for this wonderful Charity”. 

Clive looks forward to his next fundraiser, which is a Quiz and Raffle in the Kings Head, Market Drayton on Saturday, 8th April, starting at 2000h. All are welcome and Clive hopes to see you there, to continue our fundraising for the 2019 Festival.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Idsall Sunday Lunch

Worshipful Master David and his wife Christine Waldron invite you to Idsall lodge's Magical Sunday Lunch on 23rd April in the Mill Room, Mercure Madeley Court Hotel, Telford TF7 5DW, 12 noon for 1 pm.. The cost is £18/head, with children 3-12 £8.95 and children below 3 no charge. The lunch will feature pleasant company but also the added magic of well known entertainer Paul Ray, who will undoubtedly astound with a smile!

Please apply to David Waldron for a menu (three choices) and to book seats.

Freemasonry in the West Indies

An interesting talk by WBro Michael Alexander, Secretary of the Shropshire Masonic Education Group, will take place at the Masonic Hall, Constitution Hill, Wellington on Friday 31st March at 7 pm. There will be a hot buffet (price £10/head). His subject is one dear to his heart - Freemasonry in the West Indies.

MFest300 classic cars on show

Do you have an interesting car or motorcycle?
The organisers of MFest300 have arranged for a static display area, correctly cordoned off and marshalled, on 24th-25th June at Weston Park. If you would like to take part in the display, please contact the organisers.

Globalteer curry a great success!

Brethren - an update on fund raising for the Globalteer Project, which took place in February at the Oruna Cuisine, Market Drayton. The curry evening was run by (who else?) WBro Clive Jones of St Mary's lodge.

Money raised was to bring educational and recreational activities to children in Cusco, Peru's ancient capital, where Geraldine Parkin and Anita Bickerdike are shortly going to do volunteer work.

The good news is that just over £600 was given for the project, with a further £100 added by the lodge. A great result! Our best wishes go with Geraldine and Anita.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Grand Rank Appointments and Promotions

The RWPrGM/MEGS Peter Taylor announced the following Grand Lodge appointments/promotions to Shropshire Brethren at 6262 Chapter on Saturday, 4th March. We add our congratulations to his, and hope they enjoy their special day in London!

Craft:                 Appointments to PAGDC   
                                    John Hollick and Vince Hughes
Royal Arch:     Appointment to PGStdB      Mike Parry
                              Promotion to PGSwdB        Dave Kettle

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Wine tasting evening brimming over

We understand that there are approaching 100 people already signed in for Roger Pemberton's spectacular Wine Tasting evening - please be quick if you hope to fill the final few spaces!!! For information, the start time is 7 pm..

Inside the Freemasons

from Mike Baker, Director of Communications , UGLE

I can now officially confirm that the broadcast date for the first episode of the documentary series ‘Inside the Freemasons’ will be Monday 17th April at 8pm on Sky 1.

There are five one hour episodes which will be broadcast on consecutive Mondays, but please note that the transmission date is still ‘provisional’.

Fuller details will follow in line with the PGM Forum screening on 8th March, PCO screening and briefing on 9th March and national press and media screening on 10th March at Freemasons’ Hall.

Sky 1 may also be viewed by Now TV, Talk Talk and Virgin Media customers, and the series will be available on DVD after the full series has been broadcast. 

[we understand (unofficially) that Shropshire features strongly in episodes 2 and 3. Enjoy!]

Any metal or valuable objects (especially £1 coins)?

This October the old £1 coin becomes obsolete and is to be replaced by a new design, bringing a fresh look to alms plates everywhere. WBro John Weaver, not slow to see a chance for helping our 2019 Festival, suggests that Charity Stewards and other Brethren in Shropshire may like to promote the "Mint O'Money" Smarties tubes again.

Fill the empty tube with (old) £1 coins and hand them in before the start of October. What better way could there be of getting rid of those unwanted metallic objects???!!! Come along, Brethren - remember your First Degree ceremony!

Masonic Bake-Off!

The Vale of Uscon Lodge 8935 presented this amazing cake to their Almoner WBro Mark Fisk at their most recent meeting which coincided with his 60th Birthday (Mark - surely not! You look so young!!). The cake was made by the daughter of Secretary W. Bro Rodger Davy. Thanks to roving reporter WBro Andy Delamere for the picture!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Running a Charity Shop talk by Jan Parry

South Shropshire Masonic Fellowship
 The Ragleth
  Little Stretton

 Thursday March 16th
 12.00 for 1.00 pm.

Prizes welcome for the Draw

   Please reply to:   Mr. MelMcFarland  by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu          
                                                      £14 Menu

Local Pork Sausage on Mash with Onion Gravy
Steak Diane
Creamy Fish Pie topped with Cheese
Wild Mushroom Stroganoff with Rice
Pork Belly on Mash with Madeira Gravy
Meat Lasagne, Garlic Bread and Salad
Chicken Curry with Rice

Puddings chosen on the day


£10 Menu

Soup of the Day with Crusty Roll
Mini Fish Pie
Breaded Brie Wedge with Salad and Cranberry Sauce
Black Pudding Stack (Black Pudding, Bacon topped with Egg)
King Prawn Crustini
Chefs Parfait with Toast and Onion Chutney

Puddings chosen on the day


 Future Speakers:

April 20th     AGM
May 18th      Mark Baldwin  The Enigma Machine
June 15th      Kate Innes  Local historical novelist. (The Errant Hours)
July 20th       TBA
August 17th  Annual Trip out

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Commemorative Tercentenary stamps

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Freemasons' Lodges in England.

To commemorate this event, The Masonic Philatelic Club, in conjunction with The Royal Mail, have released a beautifully designed commemorative sheet of ten images of Masonic stained glass windows and ten Royal Mail stamps, with an additional printed sheet with background information on the two Churches featured.

The stamps and images of the stained glass windows are framed beautifully by a classic piece of Masonic art, forming the background to the whole sheet. The two churches whose windows are featured could not be more different. The first is Kingston Parish Church in Jamaica and the second, a little closer to home, St Peter’s Church in Leicester. Ken Elston, Chairman of the Masonic Philatelic Club, is responsible for the design and image research for the project, ably assisted by the Masonic Philatelic Club Magazine graphics team. “When starting this project we explored a number of options for the images on the sheet, but our choice was made easier when we came across the two stained glass windows in Leicester and Kingston, Jamaica”, said Ken.

“As well as the team at the MPC magazine, we are indebted to Dr. Andrew Green, an Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham, for his invaluable background information on St Peter’s Church and its Masonic stained glass window,” said Ken.

Another driving force behind the project has been John Chapman, former Director of the world renowned Bletchley Park Post Office. “The dedicated work of Ken and his team and Andrew Green’s expert background history has allowed us to produce a truly unique commemorative sheet to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry in England.” John continued, “It represents an opportunity for Masonic stamp collectors and general stamp collectors the world over to add a unique piece of Masonic postal history to their collections.”

A total of 200 sheets are being issued, so please make sure you place your order early to avoid any disappointment. The sheets can be purchased by emailing John Chapman at: or by telephoning him on: 07850 239923.

If you go down to the woods next month...

The Teddies for Loving Care charity (TLC) in Shropshire is to have a new "Provincial Grand Teddy" from March 14th, as WBro Jeremy Lund steps down to focus on other duties. In charge will be WBro Allen Cadman of Sabrina Lodge 4158 (pictured right) who will be the main point of contact henceforward for ordering and distributing teddies, and who will also be keeping an eye on the finances to ensure the future of this favourite Masonic charity. 

Allen will inherit the small but faithful team of WBros Allan Caswell and WBro Ernie Storie who assist by keeping contact with the hospitals. Allan has been involved from the very start, while Ernie took over from WBro Mike Highfield when he became ill.

TLC began in 2000 in Essex with the aim of providing small, colourful teddies to children in traumatic circumstances in A&E units. The charity quickly spread around the country and even overseas, and Shropshire took the idea on in 2010, following the successful conclusion of the 2008 Festival. Since then they have distributed nearly 40,000 teddies to children in the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal (Telford) hospitals, the Minor Injuries units at Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch, the medical centre at Market Drayton and even the Air Ambulance at Cosford.

WBro Jeremy (Lund, not Bear) is particularly proud of the Brethren who help fund the scheme. "TLC in Shropshire through the generosity of our Brethren has been self-funding from Day One. It has never called on the SMCA for assistance, and expanded rapidly to cover every possible outlet in the Province. It requires (on average) just £200 a year from each Lodge in the Province to maintain the charity, and 100% of the moneys raised go towards the provision of the teddies to patients in distress."

WBro Allen Cadman will be well known to Masters on the circuit last year, as well as Visitors to Sabrina Lodge. With a background in London Masonry, he joined Sabrina in 2013. He is now settled in South Shropshire with wife Cilla, and is looking forward to expanding his Masonic involvements in this beautiful county.